When you received news that you were expecting more than one baby, you probably felt a mixture of excitement and worry. Many people know that carrying multiples comes with an increased level of risk, compared to carrying a single baby.
Vaginal deliveries are not as common as they once were. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 1.3 million babies are delivered by a cesarean delivery (C-section) in the United States each year. That is roughly one in every three babies born. However, C-sections carry much higher risks for mothers and babies than vaginal births.
Many people in Arizona put a great deal of thought into the decision to have a baby, and medical information sometimes plays an important role in this decision. The term "wrongful birth" describes a birth that parents would not have wanted if they had received accurate medical information. Legal liability to pay for long-term care related to birth defects could emerge if a physician fails to fulfill the duty to educate parents about a pregnancy's risks and complications.
Arizona expectant women might be less likely to suffer complications from a Cesarean section if medical personnel change gloves before closing the abdominal wall. A study that was presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found that 6 percent of patients suffered a composite wound complication when clinicians changed gloves versus 13 percent when gloves were not changed.
Some Arizona women have pelvic bones that are too small for having vaginal births. This condition, which is called cephalopelvic disproportion, may happen because the women have naturally small pelvises, have pelvises that have been made smaller from previous fractures or because they are having large babies.
In Arizona, some pregnant women are carriers of group B streptococcus, a bacteria that is commonly found in the rectum and the vagina. While this bacteria is harmless for adults, mothers can pass it to their babies, and the infants can suffer serious health effects as a result. If your doctor failed to properly diagnose group B strep or to treat it appropriately, you may have sufficient legal grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Women in Arizona and across the nation are at a much higher risk for developing Graves' disease than men. The autoimmune disease affects women at 10 times the rate that it affects men, and pregnancy is believed to be a possible trigger for the disease. Around 30 percent of women who get Graves' disease during young adulthood were pregnant at some point in the preceding 12 months before diagnosis.
When a parent's child is injured during childbirth, the child may be left with lifelong disabilities. In the event that your child suffered a birth injury in Arizona due to the negligence of the medical staff, you may want to consider filing a medical malpractice civil lawsuit on your child's behalf.
Until the 1930s, roughly 1 percent of American mothers died during childbirth. While medical advances reduced that rate to about eight deaths per 100,000 births by 1987, since that time the rate of mortality during childbirth has increased to about 18.5 deaths per 100,000 births. These figures are based on mothers who passed away within 42 days of giving birth to their child.